The Paradox Within


What is this feeling that I can’t seem to shake
That in this world I don’t belong
The whole world asleep while I stay awake
And another world I always long

Can’t decide what’s darker, the night or my heart
Am I searching the day’s light
Or is it that I’m trying to hide from it all
Finding peace in the shadow of the night

The day is full of chaos, they’re always at war
Deciding who’s wrong and who’s right
Like a nightmare but you’re awake, you cry but they forsake
A plight where you can’t take a flight

Fake faces we keep putting up the whole day
Always smiling to avoid a fight
At night we come out of our skins, and I wonder…
What’s brighter, the day or the night?

Life


This life is like a journey

With stops along the way

Some leave us before we reach our stop

We leave some on their way

You get on the train of life

Because you don’t have a choice

You get off on your stop

Because you don’t have a choice

“What can I do then” he asks

“I feel like I’m trapped”

So he decides to ignore the reality and has fun

Until his body is wrapped

Every stop seems like the final one

I’ve never seen them come back

Some leave while they’re happy

Some leave while they’re sad

He thinks this train came by itself

That there’s no intelligent design

That he can be on this journey and take what he wants

He defines for himself reward for a crime

It doesn’t make sense to him

“How could there be a life after ours?

You know I’ve even been to the edges of this train

I’ve even explored the Moon and Mars”

He thinks his rebellion makes him strong

It makes him feel proud

He writes lengthy equations of math

He gathers a huge crowd

Then one day he too is forced to leave

But they’re always worried before they go

It makes me wonder if this is all there is to life

Or is there something more?

Beyond Compare!


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Bismillah.

One thousand years ago, no one could imagine that there could ever be created a device by humans that could perform calculations, organize data, make long distance communication a possibility and even point out mistakes of humans themselves. And yet, today every other person owns a laptop and hardly anyone can imagine their life without a smartphone.

However, despite all the development in technology and despite the advanced efficiency of the brain of computers, no one can claim that they come at par with the human brain.

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Nor does anyone ever believe the camera lens to be equal to human eye. Although the camera lens captures the most intricate details of the scene, enhances colours and tones and even adjusts the lighting of the environment, it still cannot do what the human eye can.

If you take an aerial view, you’ll come to realize that humans, computer and the…

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Gravitational Waves – An Announcement That Increased My Faith


The internet is going crazy on what might be, and this is just my opinion, one of the greatest discoveries of the century. Gravitational Waves have been detected by scientists in America at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). They were first predicted by Einstein about 100 years ago. Finally we have observable evidence for them.

Now I won’t go into the details of what it is and how it impacts us, everyone is talking about it and you can search that on Google. But what I’m amazed at is that after so much advancement in science we are now, perhaps, just beginning to understand the complicated universe that we are a part of.

I could not help but think that how Great is the One Who Created all this? Alhamdulillah for a faith that allows me to contemplate on the universe and recognize the Signs of my Creator. For some people, this might be just a scientific discovery. For me, it is a way to get closer to Allaah. The more I ponder over the vastness of our universe, how it runs, how chaotic yet organized it is, the more my faith in Allaah increases.

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَالْفُلْكِ الَّتِي تَجْرِي فِي الْبَحْرِ بِمَا يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ وَمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّـهُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مِن مَّاءٍ فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَبَثَّ فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ دَابَّةٍ وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ وَالسَّحَابِ الْمُسَخَّرِ بَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ

Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and the day, and the [great] ships which sail through the sea with that which benefits people, and what Allah has sent down from the heavens of rain, giving life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness and dispersing therein every [kind of] moving creature, and [His] directing of the winds and the clouds controlled between the heaven and the earth are signs for a people who use reason.

Here is a paper that has been published on this discovery:

http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102

Pink Rickshaws in Lahore – Another Step Towards Women Empowerment?


In an attempt to empower women and prove they can do everything a man does, women activists have only created more problems for women in Lahore.

I saw some pictures shared on the Facebook page of an English newspaper yesterday, in which they had shown women driving Pink Rickshaws in Lahore.

The caption with those pictures was this:

Driven by female representatives from local social groups and charities, the bright pink, covered three-wheeled motorcycles zipped through the city in a bid to highlight the challenges faced by Pakistani women.

There is no doubt that women in Pakistan face a lot of challenges. Life is difficult for them. Issues that are mainly highlighted include inequality, domestic abuse, and dependency upon men for her food, clothing, etc., among others. Now I will not go into the detail of each “issue” but I want to highlight an important trend that is slowly eating away our society:

More and more women want to become men and in doing so are disturbing the harmony and balance in their personal lives.

If you also saw the pictures of those women driving Rickshaws, you would see that those were mainly women from seemingly very good background. That is understandable because they are activists and were only “highlighting the challenges faced by Pakistani women.” But are they really? Is this how they will empower women?

Sadly this way of thinking has been borrowed from the Western Culture by many of those from the elite and upper middle class of Pakistan. They believe that empowering a woman means that she needs to do everything a man has to do. They forget that she is physically not able to do what a man does. They forget that majority of families in Pakistan are not comfortable with their women driving Rickshaws. They forget that she is vulnerable to work related abuse by wolves disguised as innocent sheep. They ignore that most of Pakistan is Muslim and Islam does not require a woman to work. But these activists think that until a woman does not earn the same as a man does, she is not fully independent. They think that until a woman does not do whatever work a man does, she is not being treated with justice.

Many women are even uncomfortable with the idea of earning for themselves. They want to live as housewives, raise kids, take care of their family. So what is the difference between these activists and the women who are oppressed in Pakistan? Some are physically oppressed and not given their rights, and some are ideologically oppressed and think we must follow everything a Western Women is doing in order to be “empowered” and “liberated.”

Now all this does not at all mean that women should not work. In fact, women are greatly needed in different places of the society so that they can play a role in developing it. We need women as doctors, teachers, and every other profession which is suited for her by keeping in view all her qualities.

We need to understand that men and women are different in nature. This was also recorded in the Quran as being said by the mother of Maryam AS when she brought her into this world.

وَلَيْسَ الذَّكَرُ كَالْأُنثَىٰ

And the male is not like the female.

She was expecting a boy but Allah gave her a daughter instead and we all know her status so I won’t go into the detail of that.

One of the qualities of Maryam AS though was her modesty. We find in the Quran how she was shy of men and got scared when the 2 angels came to her. But the idea of empowerment of women today is totally opposite to this. Today, the more bold a woman is in front of men the more empowered she is. Today, the more skin she shows the lesser oppressed she is. But is this really a step towards advancement? Not really, because the Quran only calls this ignorance.

وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ وَلَا تَبَرَّجْنَ تَبَرُّجَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ الْأُولَىٰ

And abide in your houses and do not display yourselves as [was] the display of the former times of ignorance.

Khadija RadiAllahu Anha was a successful business women, but did she do the jobs of men to be successful? Did she come in front of men without Pardah to feel liberated?

We need to keep our identity as Muslims alive and not be so impressed by the Western culture that we blindly follow them in whatever they do. The havoc wreaked by such “empowerment” in their society is apparent enough.

May Allah guide us all and improve our condition. Ameen.

Sacrificing Your Ego – The Most Difficult Sacrifice


Eid ul Azha is around the corner. For anyone who is unaware of what it is, it is one of the ONLY TWO yearly Islamic Festivals. Celebrated on the 10 of Zul Hijjah (the last month of the Islamic Calendar), Muslims all over the world offer sacrifices of goats, cows, camels, or sheep on this day.

While it is nice to see an increasing number of Muslims taking part in this ritual, there is also an increasing trend of Muslims buying animals to show their superiority over others and impressing them rather than pleasing Allah. With the advent of the selfie culture this disease is spreading even faster. People not only take there animals for a walk while proudly telling everyone they meet about how expensive their animal is, but they also take selfies with their animals now and post them on social media.

Since my childhood I never felt comfortable with the idea of taking animals out for a “walk.” I always thought that it looks strange. At that time though I used to think that people would think that this person is showing off. Didn’t know that it was actually Islam that forbids us from showing off for such things.

The other day Shaykh Shams uz Zaman Hafizahullah from India gave a lecture in a nearby mosque regarding this month and its benefits etc. In that he mentioned this Hadith narrated by at-Tirmidhi (1505) and Ibn Maajah (3147) from ‘Ata’ ibn Yasaar, who said:

I asked Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari: How were sacrifices offered at the time of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)? He said: At the time of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), a man would sacrifice a sheep on behalf of himself and the members of his household, and they would eat some of it and give some to others. Then people started to compete and it became as you see (nowadays)..

I mean this is a Sahabi talking about the Tabi’een probably. What is our condition? It’s really saddening. Riya (showing off) is so secret that it is described to be even more hidden than a black ant, crawling on a black stone, in a dark night. It is equivalent to Shirk (minor Shirk though) and may nullify an act of worship.

I remember Shaykh Tayyab Hafizahullah once said that the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) would spend 20 years and then say that now we have understood what Ikhlaas (sincerity) means. Where do we stand then? People say “don’t judge me.” Well then judge yourself please before you are judged by Allah. Let’s all judge ourselves, starting from me. How many of us will sacrifice our Egos before we sacrifice our animals? How many of us are ready to say this?

قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّـهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿١٦٢﴾

Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds.

May Allah accept all our deeds. Ameen.

Eid Mubarak Everyone.

Dream or Reality?


I’ve always had vivid dreams. Since my childhood I’ve been having them and I still do. Normally I haven’t heard people have dreams like that. Some of them repeat themselves.  Still don’t know what they mean. Some I have started to understand come when I’m thinking a certain way.

Many a times I would wake up actually saying what I was saying in my dream. It then takes a while for me to get back to reality.

Apart from what the dreams really mean, I’ve learned a lot of lessons from them. I think it is Allah’s blessing in a way. A very strange way which I do not fully comprehend, but which plays a big part in what I do in my life. They somehow help me understand the reality of life.

I’ve always had a problem with time. It was very rare that I could finish an exam on time. Partly because of my slow speed and partly because of bad preparation. I’m always asking for more time…. A chance to go back. I’ve seen this in my dreams as well.

Now what about this world? Wouldn’t we be asking for more time when our life ends? Did we worship Allah enough so we have no regrets left?

There are many things that could be mentioned but one of the most powerful messages that I’ve got from them is perhaps this:

The only way to truly cherish your loved ones is to strive hard to be together in Jannah with them.

This life is just not enough.

Dream or Reality

The Old Man


Something I wrote based on an advice given by Shaykh Tayyab Hafizahullaah. I asked him for some advice regarding Da’wah and what should we do. He said he was disappointed that none of the brothers whom he thought would gain knowledge seriously are doing so, yet they are involved in Da’wah. He also mentioned that those involved in Da’wah give very little attention to minor sins, yet those minor sins can pile up and become a cause of disappointment for you. May Allah save us from this. Ameen.

He said the example of this is that of a person having a lantern and he guides everyone with that, but he himself is blind. So that light is only benefiting others and it’s of no use to him. 

Let’s focus on correcting ourselves first and to seriously gain knowledge if we want to go in the field of Da’wah, lest we guide others and that is of no use to us. Na’oozubillaahi min zaalik.

An old man, having a lantern in his hand
Is out in the cold, helping people cross the crooked land
They walk beside him, being perfectly guided
Thinking the old man, in this land, has always resided

A man stopped by, talking about the beautiful sky
The old guy started to weep, the man didn’t know why
“It made me feel I could see, when I helped people see in the frost…
But you just made me realize, that which could benefit me… I have already lost.”

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Youth Club


This poem I wrote for YC back in 2012, before I joined it. But I believe my poetry has become a bit more mature now :p Maybe I should write a new one in shaa Allah.

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This rhyme goes out, to the group called “Youth Club!”

Stopping evil with an iron fist, in the summer of 2011

They started at the event SIST, trying to make this earth, a heaven

Every month since then, they’ve been doing an event

Hoping the youth would understand, turn to Allah, and repent

The society now-a-days, indulged in luxurious living

They tried to show them, the true “joy of giving”

The purpose of “Eidi Project” was to help the needy

Showing love and compassion, not acting greedy

To make every youngster in Islam, a whiz

They tried to teach Islam through the “Quick Quiz”

The only way to rise is the act of prostration

The guys learned that through “Mission Submission”

The events cover topics, of quite a wide range

From the “Qiyaam & Ti’yaam” to the “Winds of Change”

And the list goes on, they never gonna stop it

The most recent one being “For the love of the Prophet”

No one’s pretending, no one forced, no one fake!

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